Hi Janae, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi Vents! Life is so good. God is good. How ya’ll doing? 🙂

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Break Me Down”?

Sure! Break Me Down is a fast paced war anthem. I whisper a mantra and then I scream it. Once I’m in motion/ You can’t stop me/ You can’t slow me down. The song is about knowing that someone has done you wrong but refusing to be the victim, which is how I felt when I wrote it.  I want anyone who listens to it to feel invincible. There is a certain power in standing back up after a fall (especially if someone you trust is holding you down) and I want my listeners to push past whatever or whoever is in their way.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

A series of unfortunate events (music business woes) left me angry but charged up. The final straw was during big show in Portland, ME, when I realized another musician cut my clothing. I knew I had two choices. I could cry and feel sorry for myself or out work this musician and this moment until the memory was in the distant past. I chose the latter and I’ve been blessed to perform this tune at some of my dream list venues, Bitter End (NYC) and The Mint LA (CA). I start every show with this song and it melts away both my stage fright and the faces of the audience.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

YES! I’m filming it in Maine in a few weeks and plan to release it in February. Expect a fun way to portray motion on film, some gritty girl power, and an obvious nod at/homage to one of my favorite artists.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was pretty quick, the words (and tears) were pouring out of me and I knew what I wanted for the heavy guitar parts. Recording was cathartic and so much fun. The backing vocals were my absolute favorite to record. I worked with engineer, mixer genius Kevin Billingslea (Vanna, Cruel hand) at The Halo Studios in Southern Maine. The song was mastered at Gateway Studios by Adam Ayan (Mastering Engineer – Carrie Underwood, Gwen Stefani, Queen).

What role does St. Louis play in your music?

St. Louis is the first place I sang professionally, I was cast in La Boheme through The Opera Theatre of St. Louis at age 9. I also debuted as Janaesound (July 2017) in St. Louis at Now Night Out 96.3 alongside hometown hero Allen Gates who opened for Flo Rida. The city taught me to huSTLe, grind, and stand up after you fall. (That was equal parts sincere and cheesy, haha) I’m beyond grateful to have started in a city that breeds legends. St. Louis is overflowing with talent. I go home all the time and collaborate with budding and established artists.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! Performing is magical, and I’m so grateful that I get to perform but songwriting is my true love. I write something every single day. I’ve finished an EP and I’m already working on the next one but expect more singles as I grow my fan base.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’ll release another single in March— something completely different. I’m being pretty stingy with the EP but I bet I’ll drop it this summer. It is currently UNTITLED.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I have a monthly residency called ‘NayDay && Friends’ at Blue in Portland Me, which is a welcomed anchor but we hit the road often. Here are some upcoming outta town dates. Expect a fuller run when I release the EP.

12-21 The lilypad (Cambridge Ma)

12-31 Empire (Portland Me)

1 – 8   Bebop (Boston Ma)

1 – 17 Jilly’s Music Room (Akron Oh)

2 – 16 Bitter End (NYC)

3 – 4   Hotel Cafe BMI Showcase (LA)

4 – 4   Radio Bean (Burlington, VT)

5 – 4  The Music Hall (Portsmouth NH)

What else is happening next in JanaeSound’s world?

We are super excited to return to Los Angeles and NYC to perform, grow our fanbase, drop the EP tour, continue writing.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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